(Special delivery) – President Alberto Fernandez arrived today, with the delegation of civil servants accompanying him, at Barajas airport, in Madridto start the european tour which will take place this week at Spain, Germany and France.
The Head of State arrived at his first destination at 9:55 a.m. (Spanish time), accompanied by the Presidential Secretary, Julius Vitobello; the secretary for strategic affairs, Gustavo Belize; The Chancellor, cafe santiago; the Secretary for International Economic Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cecile Todeca; and the President, Gabriela Ceruti.
The president will meet this Tuesday with the Spanish head of state, Pedro Sánchez
Fernández decided to travel accompanied by officials who were part of his circle of trust. Vitobello and Beliz are two men who are in their small decision tablelike the former chief of staff, who acted as negotiator with Kirchnerism on several occasions.
Cerruti joined this regime, which accompanied him on most trips and played a central role in communicating the national government. Economy Minister Martín Guzmán was invited to the tour, but on Sunday afternoon he agreed with the president that it was best to stay in Argentina.
Martín Guzmán will not make it to the European tour
This week’s economic program is of great importance to the government. Today, hearings are beginning to discuss the increase in tariffs, April inflation will be known on Thursday and in the next few days an IMF mission will carry out the first revision of the agreement, advanced by the need to adjust the projections after the war.
The plane, which left Ezeiza yesterday at 5 p.m., landed on Spanish soil around 10:15 a.m. (local time). Fernández will begin his agenda just a few hours after his arrival in Spain, since at 1:00 p.m. (8 in Argentina) he will be received by the Spanish President, Peter Sanchez.
This will be the fourth formal meeting Fernández will have with Sánchez since they both assumed the presidency. They met in Spain, at the G-20 and in Argentina, when the president received him at the Casa Rosada.
The King of Spain, Felipe VI
The Head of State wants to speak with Sánchez about the impact of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on the world economy. Moreover, both in Spain and Germany, Fernández will seek to make Argentina a stable supplier of food and energy. At 5 p.m. this Tuesday (noon in Argentina), Alberto Fernández will meet the King Felipe VI. These are the activities reported by the presidential delegation so far. .
On Wednesday, the delegation will travel to Berlin, Germany. There, the only meeting with official confirmation is the one that will take place with the Chancellor Olaf Scholz. Sergio Massa could join the tour at this time if there was an activity that interested him.
Yesterday, before the departure of the plane, the spokesperson confirmed, via her social networks, that the president will extend his tour in France. The agenda is not yet closed. Fernández has a desire to visit the recently re-elected President Emmanuel Macron. The French president also has the will to finalize the meeting. What is missing is that they can coordinate the agenda. If materialized, it would be between Friday and Saturday. Nothing is defined yet.
During the tour, he is expected to have meetings with businessmen linked to lithium, mining and green hydrogen, sources of investment in Argentina. There are no confirmed times. The tour was organized at the last minute. Early last week it was down due to timing and organizational issues. Last Friday, it was confirmed.
The trip takes place against the backdrop of a crisis in the national government. Cristina Kirchner’s latest criticism of Fernández’s management and Guzmán’s economic plan has been badly received at Casa Rosada. For this reason, the president liked the statements of the ministers of economy and production, Matías Kulfas, supporting the management.